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By Natascha Watercott
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Windemere reinstates road maintenance supervisor

 


At the May 10 Windemere Township meeting, Supervisor Pete Steen announced Road Maintenance Supervisor Mike Buetow would be reinstated effective May 16; Buetow had been recently placed on paid leave pending an investigation regarding alleged unfair labor practices.

At last month’s meeting, a number of residents had requested the board resolve the ongoing lawsuit with Buetow and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and get Buetow back to work as quickly as possible.

Steen had stated the board would be meeting with the township’s attorneys that month to discuss the matter and would decide how to proceed from there. Supervisor John Wesley, who had just been elected to serve on the board at the March 13 annual township meeting, also wanted a chance to consider all the facts before making any kind of decision. Two closed meetings were held regarding the matter on April 25 and on May 9.

Asked about the status of the lawsuit, Steen responded it is ongoing and is unable to comment further.

Website management

Treasurer Ron Mossberg asked the board to allow him to look at other options for managing the township’s website. Mossberg explained the website currently costs $100 per month to manage, and he had recently received a letter that the cost will soon increase to $250 per month.

“I would say we broaden our scope at this time to look at other website providers that allow greater control by us [the township],” said Mossberg, explaining this would make managing the website more flexible, give them more control as far as posting content and updating the site, and the cost could be less.

Wesley said he supported the idea and was all for looking at different options for managing the website. “If we have any hope of getting the younger generation involved with this, and looking into our website and paying attention to it, it’s going to have to be up-to-date and top-notch,” said Wesley. “I think that website is extremely important … and if that means we have to hire someone else who specializes in township websites, then that’s what we need to do.”

A motion was approved to give Mossberg the opportunity to look at other options for website maintenance.

Earlier during the public input portion of the meeting, residents had told the board it has been difficult to get the website manager to post items on the website in a timely fashion; for example, there had been multiple formal requests to get the proposed comprehensive plan posted on the website for residents to view. They are currently trying to disseminate this information to the entire township in the most cost effective manner possible. It was noted there is no cost to have it posted on the website. Steen said the board would look into it.

Comprehensive Plan

A reminder was also given for residents to attend the second of two public open house meetings to go over the township’s Comprehensive Plan; the 45-page report contains 27 recommendations which will act as guidelines for future policy and ordinances within the township.

The open house is scheduled for June 23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Mitchell Hall at Camp Miller in Sturgeon Lake. This second meeting is primarily for people who have property in Windemere Township but don’t necessarily live there year-round; however, any resident may attend.

“I don’t just encourage everybody here to go, I strongly encourage everybody here to tell your friends and neighbors about it and strongly encourage them to attend, too,” said Wesley.

 

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